Little Signs Of Life In Mexico’s 0-1 Loss To Croatia

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 27: Ivan Rakitic #7 of Croatia scores against goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa #13 of Mexico on a penalty kick in the second half of an international friendly soccer match at AT&T Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Little Signs Of Life In Mexico’s 0-1 Loss To Croatia

Mexico finished its March friendlies with a loss to Croatia. The game was soured days prior when Croatia sent several players back to their clubs after their 0-2 loss to Peru. Juan Carlos Osorio was displeased with the circumstances, yet, Croatia came out swinging (almost literally) against Mexico.

The souring prior to the game got only worse when Néstor Araujo went down in the first half. In apparent pain, Néstor was sent to the hospital to be examined. Luckily, we have been informed that his injury is not as severe as once thought and he will need about a month off.

Granted, the players did not know that in the match and you could tell by their demeanor. The first half was a total slop-feast and both teams went into halftime, 0-0.

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The second half didn’t do Mexico any more favors, as Miguel Layún gave away a penalty in the 62nd minute. Ivan Rakatić was able to convert, despite Guillermo Ochoa nearly stopping the shot. Moreover, several minutes later, Carlos Salcedo walked off in a pain, grasping his shoulder.

The news that Néstor Araujo was able to recover by the time of the World Cup was a positive, but Carlos Salcedo will need an operation on his collarbone. There’s no definitive time given for how long he will need to recover.

It was overall a terrible night for Mexico. They finished with a 3-0 win over Iceland and a 0-1 loss to Croatia, leaving more questions for Juan Carlos Osorio to answer.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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